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Police Suspect Father of East Columbus Break-Ins
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Police have arrested a man they believe to be responsible for a series of burglaries, including an incident during which he exposed himself to a young woman.
Officers arrested Jamaal Richardson as he ran away from the scene of a break-in on Raphael Drive in East Columbus.
Richardson entered the house through a window, then exposed himself to one of the home's female occupants, according to police, who say the suspect was not wearing shoes or a shirt at the time of the break-in.
Neighbors reported the crime to a 911 dispatcher after the suspect exited the home. Officers soon arrested Richardson in the area as he attempted to flee on foot.
Richardson, a husband and father of three, does not live in the neighborhood where the break-in occurred, according to investigators. He is suspected of involvement in additional burglaries, during which he allegedly cut screens to gain access to unlocked windows.
Police believe Richardson attacked a woman during a prior burglary in the neighborhood, during which he also allegedly harmed the victim's dog and urinated on her carpet.
A judge has set Richardson's bail amount at $500,000.